House of Cards

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - COVER STORY - BEAU WIL­LIMON

Af­ter an im­pres­sive first sea­son, the new se­ries of House of Cards is out to reach even greater heights.

speaks with writer Beau Wil­limon. Have you looked at To much a sec­ondary role. And Play the King and The I wanted there to be two Fi­nal Cut, the two se­quels stars on our show. to the orig­i­nal BBC House of Cards minis­eries, as influences? That’s a sneaky way of try­ing to get me to talk about sea­son two. Ob­vi­ously, I’ve watched the BBC ver­sion, but to what de­gree it influences our sto­ry­telling is not some­thing I’m go­ing to talk about.

Guy Davis

Can’t blame me for try­ing. OK, let’s talk about what you wanted to ex­press with House of Cards when you came on board. Our first sea­son had more hours than all three of the BBC se­ries com­bined, so of course we were go­ing to have to broaden the world and in­tro­duce more char­ac­ters.

The first thing I said to David Fincher was I didn’t want to do an adap­ta­tion. My goal was not to trans­late this to Amer­i­can au­di­ences; it was to use it as a spring­board for in­ves­ti­gat­ing power in myr­iad ways.

I also told him I didn’t want to do a show about pol­i­tics. I wanted to do a show about power.

Another thing I said to Fincher was I wanted to do a story about a mar­riage. As much as I love the BBC ver­sion, the wife is very Did you draw in­spi­ra­tion from any ac­tual or fic­tional peo­ple in shap­ing Fran­cis Un­der­wood? There were a lot of dif­fer­ent in­spi­ra­tions, some po­lit­i­cal and some not. You can think about peo­ple who have felt the need to con­quer, to dom­i­nate – ev­ery­one from Napoleon to Ru­pert Mur­doch. In your work, there seems to be a view of pol­i­tics and power that is more prag­matic than ide­al­is­tic. Do you see it that way? A lot of peo­ple will look at Ides of March or House of Cards and think I’m a cynic. But I see a rigid ide­ol­ogy to be among the most cyn­i­cal things one can en­gage in. It pre­vents any form of com­pro­mise or at­tempt to un­der­stand world views that may be dif­fer­ent from your own. To me, that’s cyn­i­cism.

I’m ac­tu­ally an op­ti­mist and I think Fran­cis Un­der­wood is a deeply op­ti­mistic per­son. In his world view, he wants to get things done. House of Cards , Show­case, Satur­day, 8.30pm

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